This petite vintage brass medal features the patron saint of safe travels, St Christopher. The medal is engraved with the scene of St Christopher carrying Jesus (as a child) across the river. In this scene, St Christopher is holding his staff, and Christ holds 'the earth' in his hand.
As the legend goes, St Christopher was a very strong man who carried many people across the river. One day a child asked him to carry him across, and while doing so, Christopher found the child to be extremely heavy. He discovered that this child was actually Christ, who was carrying the weight of the world with him.
St Christopher was one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers - 14 saints that were all canonized at once. In 1969, The Vatican removed St Christopher, along with several others, from the official saint list, due to lack of bibical proof versus local legend. Medals of St Christopher became less commonly made after this time.
Medal is 1/2 inch tall not counting the loop, and is blank on the back. It's a perfect size for a travel charm, or jewelry.